Position: Third Base Height: 6-2 Weight: 185
Born: 11/17/1983 Bats: Left Throws: Right
The Tigers initial 1st round choice with Dave Dombrowski at the helm, Moore was taken with the 8th overall pick in the 2002 draft. Moore's 2002 Gulf Coast League debut ended prematurely with back problems, but he still posted promising numbers that appeared to justify the lofty selection. After switching positions at the beginning of the 2003 season, Moore reported to West Michigan as the everyday third baseman. Scott struggled at the plate and in the field in 2003, posting an anemic .239/.325/.363 line. Despite these struggles, Moore was promoted to High-A Lakeland for the 2004 season, where his power and patience began to shine through. Moore posted a .229/.322/.384 line, in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, knocking 14 homeruns in the process. Moore was set to repeat Lakeland in 2005, before his recent trade to the Chicago Cubs, where he will now likely report to Daytona of the FSL.
Moore was considered one of the top high school hitters available in the 2003 draft, based largely on his classically smooth left-handed stroke. Scott has solid plate discipline for a young player, and has demonstrated very good power potential. When he makes contact, Scott drives the ball hard to all fields. Moore's biggest enemy in the batter's box is himself, as he fluctuates wildly from being overly aggressive to being overly passive. This inconsistency has led to prolonged slumps, and will have to be corrected if he is to develop into an offensive force. Defensively, Moore displays adequate range at third, and shows soft hands and natural reactions. Despite plenty of arm strength, the majority of Scott's errors come about as a result of errant throws, caused by struggles with proper footwork. With improved defense and a more advanced approach at the plate, Moore could become a very good Major League player.
Performance Year Team AB AVG 2B HR RBI SO BB SLG% OPS 2004
Moore was hampered by back problems during his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League, but has not experienced any significant injuries since.
Moore was set to repeat the Florida State League in 2005, and is likely to still remain in the Sunshine State after being traded to the Cubs. Moore's steps forward at the plate in 2004, in terms of power and plate discipline, bode well for his return trip to High-A. Scott still has a very high ceiling offensively, but he must begin to take more substantial leaps forward if he wants to remain a top prospect. The 2005 season will be critical for Moore's future success, and I expect a very nice improvement in his overall game. Scott was the marquee prospect involved in the Jeff Farnsworth trade, and the 2005 season could be the season he proves his draft status was warranted.